Friday, October 15, 2010

Weekly Wrap Up - A Mountain, Some Braves, and More

Okay, let me start this post with promising you that we did actually "do" school this week. However, I didn't take any pictures of that happening. Not one single picture. Mainly because we didn't do anything super fun, but also because my camera was still packed up for a good part of the week.

Why was my camera packed up you might be asking?! Well, let me share with you.

Last Saturday was October 9th. This just so happens to be a very important day in this household. We have not one, not two, but THREE birthdays on October 9th! My twins were born on my husband's birthday, so needless to say, October 9th is a day of celebration around here. This year the bigger boys didn't want a birthday party, but a birthday trip! We decided to head over to Atlanta, GA for the weekend. We had so much fun! Friday, we stopped at Stone Mountain and we all hiked all the way to the top! It was fun, but I must tell the truth - it was work!

 On their actual birthday, we headed over to Six Flags with my husband's aunt and her two kiddos.  They are like Six Flag experts, so they had the hook up with some good deals and we were able to enjoy the day and still make it back to my husband's grandmother's house to watch the very disappointing Alabama game.  I won't even talk about it!  (But I will mention that getting to stay at my husband's grandmother's house and getting to eat the yummy food she cooked all weekend definitely made up for Alabama's sad performance!)

Sunday was the final day and the ultimate gift!  We all got to go see the Atlanta Braves vs. Giants in a playoff game.  We all had so much fun even if the Braves lost! :-(

 They had a fun little area where the kids could play a little game of wiffle ball with some Turner Field employees.

 Here was another little area where kids could practice running bases.  Always nice to get out some of that extra energy!
They also had an area where the kids could pitch some baseballs and have their pitching speed clocked.  This was really cool.  I can't remember exact speeds, but I think the twins were like 35 mph and little man was throwing the heat at 37 mph.  Ha!  While we were waiting in line, this teenager/college kid got up and he was pitching in the low 70's.  I was absolutely blown away at how fast that ball was moving.  I simply can not even imagine how the pros manage to hit a ball moving 90 something mph. 

On the school front, I ordered this book a few weeks ago:
This was the first week that I was able to do some of the activities included and I am really excited about what all it has to offer.  We didn't start from the beginning, but instead jumped straight to Self Control - Controlling our Tongues.  I think it is going to be a great addition to our Bible curriculum and hopefully help me to raise up some amazing men!

People often ask me what my kids do during the day when they are not doing school, because let's face it - we don't do school ALL day.  We take lots of breaks.  Also, people want to know what the other kids do while I am working one on one with someone else.  And like I always say, "Well, that depends."  Sometimes they might be doing their independent work.  They might be outside playing.  They could be doing some silent reading.  They could be building and designing incredible architectural masterpieces (Okay so maybe it's a log cabin out of lincoln logs, but don't tell him that!)

 Here is another game that all of my boys love to play.  It's called Crossbows and Catapults.  This is a small set up.  I will forewarn you that this game has been known to take over entire rooms.

What has your week been like?  Don't forget to head over to Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers to see what everybody else has been up to this week!


  1. Wonderful week! I have the girl version of your book, "Polished Cornerstones" and hope to start using it with my girls soon. And you must be near me; I'm in the Atlanta area, too! So, howdy neighbor!

  2. Well, it's a good thing you had a good reason for missing our cover school's camping trip!

  3. I have Plants Grown Up, but I haven't used it much (at all). Thanks for sharing the link to that game ... I may have to add that to my boys' Christmas list!! :)

  4. your boys are growin up so niceley! I've heard about plants grown up, but never looked at it in person, I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it, and how you use it. I know about small toys taking over rooms, we have playmobil stuff all over for days at a time! :)

  5. We are using Plants Grown Up and loving it! That is cool about their birthdays all on the same day!

  6. Wow, that really is a STONE mountain. :) Looks fun! I'm interested in that bible curriculum...I'm going to go look it up!



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